D1 Weekend Wrap - Cal

Written by Blaine Clemmens on .

I am not sure yet if I will do a weekend or weekly wrap all season but for now I am inclined to do so.  I will comb the box scores and of course that is not the same as being at the games, but I will do my best to try to get inside those boxscores a little bit and see what they mean for our local D1 programs.  I think in smaller chunks, meaning one team at time, we can know more about each of the teams.

Cal - 3-0 vs Pacific

The Bears won three games and scored plenty of runs in the process.  The won 9-1, 6-3, and 9-3 and in this era of the less impactful bats, those scores tend to jump out at me a bit.  Now, no one is going to confuse the Pacific pitching staff with the 2010 SF Giants, but credit to the Bears for putting up the runs.  Pacific has been a better hitting than pitching team in recent years but the Bears, while not completely dominant, only gave up seven runs in three games.  Tony Renda is off to great start with a .545 average and .667 OBP and four SB.  Darrel Matthews, Andrew Knapp and Chadd Krist all drove in five runs this past weekend.  If Knapp has developed into the type of hitter he projected to be out of high school, the Bears are in good shape, very good shape.  Krist had three doubles.

Only one pitcher went longer than five innings and that was senior RHP Matt Flemer, who went eight.  Of note among the Cal pitching stats is this ratio, 19:2, which is their K:BB ratio.  The 19 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched is a little less than I would want to see to indicate that the Bears have enough stuff to navigate the Pac-12 season, but they do have some great experience with LHP Justin Jones and Flemer. 

I think looking forward, I see Cal having to lean on their offense when the Pac-12 season rolls around.